Queensland Resources Council chief executive Michael Roche has welcomed the announcement of a 400 MW coal-fired power plant in the Surat Basin that will incorporate Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) technology.
A consortium, comprising GE Energy, Stanwell and Xstrata Coal, yesterday announced plans for the project at Wandoan, 400 km west of Brisbane.
According to GE Energy, the project will be world’s first Integrated Gasification Combined-Cycle (IGCC) power plant.
The plant will combine existing commercial-scale coal gasification technology with CCS methods long used by the petroleum industry to capture and store up to 90% of its carbon, the company said.
According to Roche, there is enormous potential for the technology to be developed on a commercial scale in Queensland.
“Queensland is ticking all the boxes with its high quality coal, storage geology, technical expertise and financial support from state and federal governments and the coal industry,” he said.
“With 850 billion tonnes of coal available in some 70 countries around the world, you can’t have a sensible discussion about the future global energy mix without acknowledging the necessity of vastly improving the emissions performance of coal-fired power stations.”